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    Review: Joyent Cloud is built for speed

    Posted November 21, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Joyent's very smart SmartOS proves that some cloud servers are better than others.
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    Review: HP Cloud challenges Amazon and Google

    Posted October 10, 2012 - 6:15 am

    HP's OpenStack-based IaaS cloud blends openness and portability with nice proprietary extras and welcome hand-holding
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    Apple (Maps) picking

    Posted October 1, 2012 - 11:48 am

    What better way to test out Apple Maps than by using it to go apple picking?
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    Payroll services in the cloud: Intuit vs. ADP

    Posted September 26, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    Nobody pays attention to your payroll system unless it's not working. When you're running a small business, it's no small task to please your staffers every payday and satisfy Uncle Sam at tax time. Larger companies employ payroll personnel to calculate taxes and withholdings, and to manage IRS forms correctly. But if you're responsible for cutting the checks at a smaller company, online services can automate most of the payroll chores.
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    5 enterprise alternatives to Dropbox

    Posted September 19, 2012 - 10:52 am

    The recent Dropbox data breach has many IT executives telling employees not to use it. These five products offer the administrative and security features that may restore their faith in cloud data storage.
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    D-Link DIR-865L: thumbs up for cloud integration; thumbs sideways for performance

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:25 am

    D-Link has been going ga-ga over the cloud lately, introducing a raft of new routers, NAS boxes, wireless IP cameras, and mobile apps that let you manage your network and the devices attached to it by using a PC, a smartphone, or a tablet (as long as those mobile devices run on iOS or Android; Windows 7 and BlackBerry uses need not apply).
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    Review: Google Compute Engine rocks the cloud

    Posted August 22, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Google's new compute cloud offers a crisp and clean way to spin up Linux instances and easily tap other Google APIs
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    ownCloud: The cloud sharing service you control

    Posted August 16, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    This service is still a little rough around the edges, but it allows you to share files and data without entrusting your information to a third party. Check out this bundle of tips, tricks, and unknown features to get the most out of your ownCloud.
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    First look: Windows Azure Active Directory preview

    Posted August 13, 2012 - 8:12 am

    It's lacking enough functionality to make it worth waiting for subsequent versions, Jonathan Hassell says, unless you're building Azure apps right now.
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    Top cloud services for storing and streaming music

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Online music lockers not only back up your music library but also let you listen to it on most any device, anywhere you have Internet access. All three of the services we looked at work on PCs and Macs; mobile device support is more fractured, however.
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    Top cloud services for storing and sharing photos

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Digital photography has made it possible to document nearly every event without spending a fortune on film. But this surfeit of photos presents a challenge, too: What’s the best way to share them all?
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    Top cloud services for sending large files

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Bounced email messages, bloated inboxes, and security concerns are some of the reasons why you might not want to send blimp-size attachments. These three file-delivery services offer an alternative means of sending large files over the Internet.
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    Top cloud services for collaboration

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    Emailing documents back and forth or using an FTP server to collaborate on projects is slow and cumbersome. Collaborating in the cloud is fast and easy. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
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    Top cloud services for file sharing and syncing

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    The cloud delivers convenience, and nothing is more convenient than synchronizing files stored on multiple computers and accessing those files from any PC, smartphone, or tablet with Internet access. We tested the top five syncing services.
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    Top cloud services for online backup

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 11:21 am

    You can lose your valuable data in plenty of ways, including hard-drive failure, theft (laptops are particularly vulnerable), and catastrophe (fire, extreme weather, earthquake). Although the cloud can’t rebuild your home or office after a disaster, it can provide a safe haven for your files.
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    SkyDrive looks to compete with Dropbox, Google Drive

    Posted July 26, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    SkyDrive seemed destined to be another Microsoft also-ran product. Although introduced long before the current wave of cloud-based synchronization and storage services, SkyDrive had a number of frustrating limits, and comprised two separately named services (central and peer-to-peer file transfer) under one hood. Then Microsoft did something marvelous. The same week that Google released its long-expected Google Drive, Microsoft unveiled a thorough revamping of SkyDrive into an explicable and competitive service. (Microsoft lists the version that I reviewed as version 16.4.)
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    SocialFolders keeps track of your cloud data

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2012 series. Every weekday from mid June through mid August, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a favorite free or low-cost program. Visit the Mac Gems homepage for a list of past Mac Gems.
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    Office 2013 on a Tablet vs. touch-friendly competition

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    With the latest iteration of Office, Microsoft pledges to bring the documents and services you need to run a business to any screen you choose, from a PC to a touch-enabled Windows Surface tablet or Windows 8 Phone. After using the Office 2013 preview suite on a Windows 8 tablet, we are impressed by many of the steps Microsoft has taken to make its Office franchise touchscreen ready and cloud friendly.
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    Substance helps you write long documents in the cloud, for free

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    Writing a long document sometimes feels like a balancing act. You can't just load Notepad and bang it out top to bottom, but if you use a word processor you can quickly become mired in formatting and details. Substance is a free, open-source Web app that offers a different approach: structured content-oriented writing. That's a mouthful, but basically it means that you get to focus on the text and structure, without thinking too much about the formatting.
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    Microsoft System Center targets cloud, virtualization

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    With the revamped System Center 2012 suite of management tools, Microsoft has launched a powerful new weapon in the battle to control the virtualized data center and the cloud, both private and public.
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    SkyDox lets you share and collaborate, easily

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    SkyDox, a primarily cloud-based service, offers file sharing and collaboration in an easy-to-use format--and it won't break the bank either. That's a rare combination that makes the thirty-day free trial of this $15/month product worth taking a look at.
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    10 file-sharing options: Dropbox, Google Drive and more

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Even with all the online storage now available, sharing files -- especially large ones -- can still be a problem. We look at 10 online services that aim to make it simpler.
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    Review: Weighing Windows Server 2012

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 7:42 am

    From network services and storage to virtualization and private cloud, the beefy new Windows Server leaves no server role unturned
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    First look: Amazon Cloud Player app

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:52 am

    In a world dominated by Apple’s media efforts, other means of purchasing and consuming media are sometimes overlooked. One such means is Amazon MP3 and its accompanying Cloud Player.
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    Review: Up close with NetSuite's deep ERP

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 10:55 am

    NetSuite offers extensive ERP, CRM, and other business management functionality to organizations that recognize the value proposition associated with SaaS

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